Even the Washington Post got it right on the big college admissions scandal.
The Post pointed out that “helicopter parents” — those who hover over their kids and involve themselves in every aspect of their lives — are ruining their kids.
The worst part is, according to reports, some kids didn’t know their parents cheated to get them into the college of their choice. Some of these kids thought they did it on their own.
We didn’t have tutors or consultants or any of that nonsense when I was in school. We just found out the date, showed up and took the SAT.
A reader pointed out the scandal story broke the same day I’d written about how it makes sense to stopping worrying what people will think and attend your local community college for a couple of years before going on to a four-year school.
I not only agree with the Washington Post editorial board (that doesn’t happen often), but I agree with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts (not sure if that’s ever happened).
When asked how much sympathy she feels toward the parents in the college scandal, she replied: “Zero.”
Of course, there is no small amount of irony in that reply, given that Warren’s false claims — be they intentional or not — about her Native-American heritage got her hired at Harvard Law.
Speaking of Warren, the president always calls her “Pocahontas,” which is silly.
The nickname given her by columnist Jonah Goldberg is the one that makes sense. Trump evidently misunderstood it. Goldberg dubbed her “Fauxcahontas” — faux as in fake.
That was clever.
Speaking of irony, how about this? The school site council at my school was unable to meet for the first time in our history Wednesday.
Reason? Lack of a quorum. Main item on the agenda for the meeting? A report on absenteeism.
Jay Leno — the last funny late-night talk show host — said in an interview that the shows now are way too political, and all on one side.
I see clips of these routines on the internet, as I neither have TV nor stay up that late. Political is one thing, but they just aren’t funny.
Johnny Carson never did politics. He was funny, and people loved the show.
I see another Democrat, Robert O’Rourke of Texas, has entered the presidential race.
It seems a natural progression after his great success as, well, I don’t know what he’s succeeded at. Oh, he succeeded at becoming a media darling in his losing Senate race against Ted Cruz.
Anyway, a serious suggestion for the Democrats:
Remember last time, when the Republicans had 19 candidates? It was so unwieldy with 19 people on the stage for a debate.
They ended up using polls to determine the field for two debates — top tier and “kids’ table” lower tier.
The Democrats now have something like 347 candidates either in or about to be in (exaggeration, but the field will surely be larger than the last Republican field).
I propose that they divide the field with a random drawing and have a triple-bill of short debates. Maybe eight candidates in each debate of one hour.
Give the people a chance to see all the candidates.
The real problem (among many), as mentioned here many times before, is the marathon campaign season.
Candidates used to wait until the year of the election to start running (See: Kennedy, John F.). Now they start while the cleaning crew is still sweeping up the confetti from the last winner’s victory party.
Not only does that give us literally years of non-stop campaigning, it stops the legislative process in its tracks.
Nothing gets done during election season (See: Supreme Court nominee Garland, Merrick).
William P. Warford’s column appears every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.